How to Use Paintable Wallpaper As a Foil Backsplash

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Paintable, or anaglypta wallpaper can be used for a multitude of projects. It can cover seams, old, stubborn wallpaper or lathe and plaster and it can provide a textured surface for an entire wall or just a section. Coupled with metallic paint, textured paper can serve as a decorative backsplash in a kitchen or bath. Paintable paper is available in a vinyl finish, which is perfect for use in areas that may occasionally come into contact with water.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Wallpaper
  • Level
  • Sharp utility knife
  • Yardstick or other straight edge
  • Wallpaper paste or water
  • Towel or rag
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Measure the area for the backsplash. Measure the wallpaper.

  • Lay the wallpaper strip on a flat surface. Place the yardstick along any edges that need to be trimmed or cut. Use the level to ensure a straight, level edge. Measure once more for accuracy and cut each edge to size.

  • Soak pre-pasted paper in a tub of room-temperature water for 30 seconds or apply wallpaper glue to the back of the paper.

  • Fold the paper in half, pressing the glued sides against one another and allow the glue to develop for another minute or until the glue has begun to thicken.

  • Press the paper gently into position against the wall. Run a towel or rag over the top of the paper to remove moisture. Push any air or excess glue bubbles out from beneath the paper.

  • Allow the glue to dry for one to two days before painting.

  • Apply metallic paint gently with a soft paintbrush for a foil effect. You may have to press the bristles into the wallpaper texture to fully cover the area. Allow to dry overnight, then apply a second coat of paint.

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References

  • Clair Preble; Paper Dolls Wallpaper Company; Abbot, ME
  • Photo Credit Polka Dot RF/Polka Dot/Getty Images
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